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'Lose the Shoes' soccer tournament slated for McLane
3/13/09

Ethan Zohn, winner of “Survivor: Africa” in 2002, will present a program on the Alfred University campus, Friday, March 20 at 7 p.m. in Holmes Auditorium, Harder Hall. In conjunction with his talk, there will be a ‘Lose the Shoes — Barefoot 3 v 3 Soccer Tournament to Kick AIDS in Africa’ on Saturday, March 21, at 10 a.m., in McLane Gym,” said Scott Miller, Alfred University soccer coach.

After “Survivor,” Zohn co-founded Grassroot Soccer (GRS), a nonprofit organization that trains professional soccer players to teach African children, through a tailor-made curriculum, about HIV/AIDS prevention. Since its launch, GRS has caught the attention of some major sponsors including FIFA Futbol for Hope, Daimler Chrysler, and Kellogg Foundation, and ‘graduated’ over 230,000 youths.

While in Alfred, there will be a soccer tournament with proceeds designated for Grassroots Soccer initiatives.

“Any team that wishes to enter (the tournament) with a small donation to Grassroots Soccer is welcome," said MIller. "We ask that teams pre-register by the Thursday, March 19 so we can put together a bracket. Online donations and information about the tournament can be found at www.kickaids.org. Our goal is to raise about $2,500 with the players on our team to raise about $100 each,” said Miller.

In August 2008, Zohn launched Grassroot Soccer UNITED, an international, youth-led movement to raise money and build awareness for his foundation and mission to end HIV/AIDS in Africa, by embarking on a world record-breaking, 550-mile journey on foot, from Boston, MA, to Washington, D.C. – dribbling a soccer ball the entire route.
Zohn has been on other TV shows including “Survivor: All-Stars,” “Eco-Challenge Fiji,” “Fear Factor,” “Challenger World,” and “Celebrity Paranormal Project.”

Zohn is also the national spokesperson for America Scores, an organization that helps inner-city kids participate in educational soccer programs.
Originally from Lexington, MA, Zohn graduated from Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY, going on to play professional soccer for Highlanders FC (Zimbabwe), the Cape Cod Crusaders (Massachusetts) and Hawaii Tsunami.